P Harikrishna defeated Lénier Dominguez, before settling for a draw with Elirza Turquoise.© AFP
Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna claimed to be part of the top spot with Armenian GM Levon Aronian after posting two wins and a draw in three rounds of online fast competition at St. Louis Rapid and Blitz. Chess tournament. India started No. 2 on US Grandmaster Linear Dominguez, before settling for a draw with Iranian prodigy Alarza Turquoise in games played late on Tuesday. In the third round, Harikrishna won over veteran Russian Alexander Grisuk in 41 runs.
World winner The title-winning favorite Magnus Carlson finished fifth with three points.
After a win over Hikaru Nakamura in their opener, Norway went on to Russia’s Ian Nepomaniachi in the second round. A draw with Wesley then left the world at No. 1 in the third to fifth place.
Coming off a good performance at the FIDE Online Olympiad, Harikrishna dismissed the American in 51 pieces with black pieces to begin his campaign in the elite 10-player event.
Indian ace The fourth round will face Nepomaniacchi followed by games against Aronian and Carlson late Wednesday evening.
In each rapid game, a win is worth 2 points, and a draw is worth 1 point, whereas in a blitz game, a win is worth 1 point and a draw gets half a point.
10 players are competing for USD 250,000 prize money in nine days of play and eighteen blitzes in five days of play.
The tournament, hosted by the US-based St. Louis Chess Club, will conclude on September 19.
Standings after three rounds:
1. Lev Aronian and Harikrishna 5 points; 3. Ian Nepomaniacchi and Wesley So 4 PT; 5. Magnus Carlson 3 PT; 6. Hikaru Nakamura, Lénier Domínez, Alirza Turquoise, Jeffery Xiong 2PT; 10. Alexander Grissuk 1 point.
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